Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study. These fluctuations could lead to monitoring systems that might help detect and ease flare-ups for people with certain chronic illnesses, such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), the researchers said. HealthDay (7/25/14)
In an extensive review of the evidence published in 2010 in the journal Pediatrics, an expert committee concluded that probiotics might limit the course of virus-caused diarrhea in otherwise healthy infants and children. But the committee said there was not sufficient evidence to justify routine use of probiotics to prevent rotavirus-caused diarrhea in child care centers. Nor did the committee endorse taking probiotics during pregnancy and nursing or giving them to infants to prevent allergic disorders in those at risk. NYT (7/21/14)
The American College of Gastroenterology has released new guidelines on the management of benign disorders of anorectal function and/or structure, updated with research data through 2013. Healio (7/7/14)
The American College of Gastroenterology released a new guideline this week warning physicians about the risks of supplements and how to counsel patients about their use. Most patients recover after going off the drugs or supplements with proper medical care that was outlined in the guidelines, but some may go into permanent liver failure that requires a liver transplant to treat. Boston Globe (6/19/14)
Many non-prescription and herbal medications can damage the liver, researchers warn. The American College of Gastroenterology just released guidelines on managing idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Daily RX (6/17/14)
If you take over-the-counter remedies to deal with your heartburn woes on a regular basis, and the medication doesn’t seem to be working, this might be why: You’re probably not taking them the way you’re supposed to, according to a study conducted by researchers at MetroHealth Medical Center.
The study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, found that 61 percent aren’t getting the full benefit of the drugs because they’re not taking them the right way – right before a meal, with that first meal being breakfast. Cleveland.com (6/6/14)
Can endoscopy centers remain successful in the current healthcare environment? Five gastroenterologists share their thoughts on the biggest challenges and opportunities for increasing GI-driven center profitability. Becker’s ASC (6/3/14)
Colonoscopies in certain elderly people who’ve never been screened could be a cost-effective way to improve their health while extending their lives a bit. HealthDay (6/3/14)
The American Board of Internal Medicine said its maintenance of certification figures set a new record with almost 150,000 physicians enrolled. The data show 77% of physicians with at least one time-limited certification earned after 1990 have enrolled, including 83% of gastroenterologists. Healio (free registration) (5/8/14)
ACG note: The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) wants to do everything we can to make ABIM’s MOC process simple for you to navigate. Learn about the changes and ACG’s live and online resources to help you earn MOC points.
Walter Bianco, an Arizona man denied access to new drugs to cure his hepatitis C infection, will get the costly medications after all.
After Kaiser Health News and NPR described his plight in a story that aired Monday, federal Medicare officials said they would look into the case. Bianco’s appeal of an earlier denial had been rejected by WellCare, a private insurer that contracts with the federal program to provide drug coverage. The insurer rejected coverage saying the combined use of the costly new drugs has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration — even though two doctors’ groups had recommended the protocol in cases like Bianco’s. Washington Post (05/16/14)